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During the one year celebration of his “Wheels for Education” foundation in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon, NBA Champion/MVP and Olympic Gold Medalist, Lebron James, was booed and referred to as a “traitor”. The event, which had over 3,800 attendees, featured James, his mother, and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
As Plusquellic began to recognize James for his success and for his foundation, the malfunctioning microphone started to cut in and out, enabling insults from people to be heard loud and clear across the field. As staff for the function scrambled to find another microphone, James posed to take pictures with fans and eventually exited the stage.
Despite being insulted, James kept a positive demeanor and spoke about his need to give back to the community. ”I was one of these kids,” he said. “It means everything to me to be able to give back. I have a passion for it. I love seeing kids smile, and for them to have someone who can lead them. For me to be in this position and being able to help and give back, means a lot.” The program aims to help young, inner-city children succeed in school. In the past the foundation has donated computers for students to use in class and in after school programs.
Before leaving the ceremony, each student signed a promissory letter that stated they will stay in school, do their homework, and study- among other things. After signing the promissory letter, each student was given a bike.